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In 1950, a married couple, Count Otmar and Countess Lene start to realise their dreams: they set up Officine Ceramiche THUN in the basement of Castel Klebestein, in Bolzano... The Thun counts set about their work with enormous commitment, enthusiasm and energy. The slogan they coined back then still accompanies the company today: "In a village nestled between the North and the South, where the two cultures meet, we work to bring heartfelt joy to ourselves and others, looking to the future with the stability of tradition." Inspired by the face of her sleeping children, Lene created her first work of art, the Original Bolzano Angel. An almost magical creation, that captivated all who saw it. It met with amazing success, supported by most affectionate word of mouth. Over the years the creations of Countess Lene conquered the hearts of more and more enthusiasts. An extraordinary growth that led to their move to the new company headquarters in Via Galvani in 1992.
Today that small pottery workshop has become an international enterprise, with more than a thousand stores in Italy and throughout the world. The design department and the creative workshop in Bolzano produce new collections every year that continue to bring joy to all its enthusiasts. While remaining faithful to its tradition, the THUN style changes from year to year, with new lines, shapes and materials which are able to allow you to relive that dream.
Thun past and present
1950

1950

Lene and Otmar together

A meeting of two hearts in love can also mean the start of a marvellous adventure with the creation of “Ceramiche Artistiche THUN”. This moment marks the start of the great story of THUN World.

1950-1965

1950-1965

Love for your work brings joy to you and to others

"Count Otmar Thun began to follow up the administration side of the company full time, working directly with customers and sales.
Lene, on the other hand, dedicated herself, heart and soul, to the creative side of the business, producing small ranges or unique pieces, all with imaginative style and special taste."

1965

1965

The creations grow…

The business was growing fast and needed more space: new premises were opened in via Castel Flavon. An old 13th-century manor house became home to production, offices and a show room and sales area.

1978

1978

Work is a family passion

The Thuns handed over the running of the company to their second child, Peter. This marked a new period of growth for the company with the decision to build a new production plant.

1992

1992

The new headquarters

THUN's current headquarters were opened in Via Galvani to meet with the company's needs in terms of space and logistics.

1995

1995

Continuous expansion...

THUN Srl became THUN Spa and staff numbers grew to 150.

1996

1996

THUN coffee “al volo”!

The birth of a special range of cups and coffee cups, “Caffè al volo”, destined for immediate success.

1998

1998

The creation of THUN CLUB

The friends of THUN continued to grow in number... with the nature of their letters and messages becoming increasingly personal, reflecting a special affection. Lene and Peter decided to found a club especially for them... the THUN CLUB!

2002

2002

THUNIVERSUM... where angels learn to fly

THUNIVERSUM was built in Bolzano, next to THUN's main headquarters. Designed by Matteo Thun, this is a charming area in which to welcome the fans of THUN in the best way possible. It includes a THUN Store and other different areas, such as the “Caffè al volo” Bistro and a Factory Outlet.

2005

2005

The opening of the first THUN Shop in Italy

THUN inaugurated its first franchise shop, which would soon go on to become a highly successful chain of single-brand stores that now amount to more than 300 points of sale.

2005

2005

Businessman of the Year

"Another great piece of news for the company: Peter Thun was named Entrepreneur of the Year for Communication at an important event organised by Ernst&Young.He won this award for the company's perfect mix of tradition and constant eye on developments in tastes and trends; yet more proof of how a passion for one's work can make dreams come true."

2008

2008

The Countess Lene Thun Foundation - NPO

“With our hands and our hearts”… we give joy and assistance to disadvantaged people through ceramic modelling.
To pass on the memories and values of Countess Lene, an NPO foundation was set up to help disadvantaged people, using the art of ceramics as a means of social promotion and therapy."

2008

2008

Dreams come to Mantua in the form of a new THUN Store

A strong bond was forged with Mantua with the opening of a brand new THUN Store.

2010

2010

60 years: an unforgettable birthday

On 10 October 2010, THUN reaches its 60th birthday. Hundreds of friends and collectors celebrate the event together in the enchanting setting of Castel Thun, in Trentino.

2011

2011

THUN for Italy’s Art

THUN wants to embellish the world we live in by contributing to the safeguarding of Italy’s cultural heritage. The project THUN for Italy’s Art is launched: its mission is to fund the restoration of the four marble Prophet statues inside the Zen Chapel of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice – a city beloved by Countess Lene Thun.

2013

2013

The third generation joins the company.

Simon Thun, second son of Peter Thun, becomes Head of Product Management.

2013

2013

15 years together!

The Club celebrates its 15th anniversary with a series of in-store events throughout Italy and the launching of a new collection dedicated to the animals in danger of extinction. Confirming the commitment to the protection of endangered species, a pair of Iranian Leopards are adopted and soon after the green oasis that is home to a Red Panda family is created.

2014

2014

Positive Business Award

Commitment that is rewarded with the winning of the Positive Business Award in the Communication category, awarded by the School of Palo Alto to companies that invest in positive culture.

2014

2014

THUN receives the Innovation Retail Award

THUN also receives the Innovation Retail Award, promoted by Accenture in collaboration with the 24 Ore Group, dedicated to innovation in the retail world.

2014

2014

THUN for animals

THUN Club renews its commitment to the animals at risk of extinction, restructuring the oasis that is home to the Red Pandas in the Natura Viva Park in Bussolengo (Vr). The inauguration is celebrated with the "In the Footsteps of the Red Panda" event, which brings thousands of members to visit the Verona area Park.

2015

2015

Winning of the POPAI Award

The THUN window dressings are awarded the prestigious POPAI Award for excellence in the retail world.

2015

2015

Ceramic therapy workshops

The Countess Lene Thun Foundation ONP continues to open the ceramic therapy workshops to the paediatric oncology wards in Italy reaching a number of 20.

2015

2015

The Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square

At the end of the year, it participates in the decoration of the Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, with the baubles made by children during the workshops.

2016

2016

THUN plans the expansion of its network of stores

About fifty will be opened throughout Italy by year end with direct management. Worth a mention is the inauguration of the new THUN Shop in via Cola di Rienzo, in Rome, which will host many famous guests from the entertainment world, such as Cristina Chiabotto: a strategic opening for the brand which becomes part of the heart of shopping in Rome.

A SPECIAL WOMAN

She loved her work from the bottom of her heart and this is how she managed to touch the hearts of so many other people.

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THE COUNTESS OF ANGELS

A woman with a special heart turns her thoughts into angels.